Wednesday, 24 April 2013

India Hicks Visits Toronto and Now I Long for Island Living!

I had the pleasure of attending a talk Tuesday night with India Hicks at Toronto's Design Exchange. India's jet-set lifestyle and family history have always intrigued me. Her father was celebrated interior decorator, David Hicks, and her mother, Lady Pamela Hicks, is the daughter of the Earl of Mountbatten of Burma. India is second cousin to Prince Charles, and she was a bridesmaid at his wedding to Lady Diana in 1981. 

India Hicks at Toronto's Design Exchange

India's career began as a model for Ralph Lauren - one of the first lifestyle ambassadors. It is safe to say that India Hicks is now a lifestyle mogul whose brand now encompasses fine jewellery (her "love letters" are a fave of Oprah's), beauty products, and home décor. She recently launched her home décor line on HSN.

India Hicks Love Letters
India Hicks stunning pillows!

India's talk highlighted how different island life is compared to being raised in a stately home in England. The school run sees her taking the children to school in a golf cart instead of a Rolls Royce. India had the audience in stitches as she showed us photos of her mother's Elnett-sprayed helmet-hair in the sixties. India was sporting a straight "do" of sleek blonde highlights courtesy of Yorkville's Greg May Hair Architects.

She shared with us the time her parents were arguing and Lady Pamela threw a glass of Coca Cola across the room, hitting a wall. Instead of her father becoming outraged, he was thrilled to discover that the rich colour of the dripping Coca Cola was the perfect glossy brown shade to decorate the walls with. 

We learned that her father was the inventor of "tablescapes". David Hicks was brilliant at mixing classical pieces with modern art. We viewed several images of her father's tablescapes as well as photos of projects he designed for Helena Rubenstein (purple chairs inspired by the lining of Helena's skirt) and Vidal Sassoon. You've heard of Christian Louboutin's red soled shoes? Well, David Hicks designed red heels WAY before Louboutin.

David Hicks invented the red heel before Louboutin!

Look at the lush green palms in the background. I'm green with envy - I long for Island Living!

Island Living - with style, and linens!

I am no stranger to the India Hicks Island Living line from Crabtree & Evelyn. I get so many compliments when I wear the Spider Lily body lotion on its own. If you don't like strong perfumes, but still want a soft, understated fragrance, just wear the scented body lotion. Mix it in with unscented body lotion if you want an even softer version. 

So...what a delight to find on my chair at the Design Exchange a full sized bottle of India Hicks Island Living ultra-moisturising Hand Therapy. The cold chill of winter has left my hands in dire need of moisture! This hand cream is truly therapy for hands and it is so much richer than most hand lotions/creams. A little goes a long way. 

Island Living Hand Therapy

I may not live on an island in the Bahamas, but I can close my eyes (and dream) and enjoy the fragrances of Island Living. India may be jet-set, but she always returns to her island paradise. Check out India's website to see how you can incorporate a little Island Living into your everyday lifestyle. Lastly, everyone knows you need good reading material on the beach - I would recommend Lady Pamela's book "Daughter of Empire: Life as a Mountbatten".


  1. I'm not sure if I should be embarrassed to say that until now I had never heard of India Hicks, but what a fascinating story. I can definitely relate to the longing for island living...though I think Spring is finally trying to break through here in Ontario!

    1. I truly hope Spring will come to Ontario very soon. If not, I might have to escape to the Bahamas and pretend I'm India Hicks for a few days. That reminds me, I need to start using my self tanner. India was quite bronzed. Natural or very, very good bronzer? A mystery!